Recap: Keep Austin Agile 2014

Photo by Agile Austin

Photo by Agile Austin

I was pleasantly surprised by the size and enthusiasm of the Austin agile community!  The conference was sold out with 500 people registered.  Cherie Silas and I co-presented Beyond Removing Impediments: Scrum Master as Team Coach to an engaged audience of about 100 people in the morning, and it was a great start to the day.  The ideas from our session seemed to really resonate with folks, and I heard the ideas repeated in other sessions and conversations throughout the day.   

I was also very excited to have a good-sized group from Dallas attend Keep Austin Agile—many who had never been to an agile conference before.   They were excited to be a part of the larger agile community and discover that others faced many of the same challenges as them.  Best of all, they were reminded of the successes they had achieved thus far in their agile journeys.  The conference presented them with new ideas and reinvigorated their enthusiasm for agile.  Our group went out to dinner after the conference at the Oasis and had a lovely view of the sunset—it was a perfect ending to a wonderful agile conference trip.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.